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Good Reasons to Choose California’s Sierra Nevada

Stretch out beside a picnic lunch and watch a bald eagle slice the air. Hurtle through whitewater down the Merced River, safely tucked into a raft alongside an expert guide. Or circle a cool mountain lake on horseback. These and more outdoor delights await those who choose California’s Sierra Nevada, either for an exciting outdoor vacation or as a permanent residence.

Natural beauty, adventure—even luxury—are all to be had in this region of Central California, which is home to Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, and lovely Lake Tahoe, North America’s largest alpine lake.


Vacation Thrills
For those seeking vacations packed with outdoor fun, Central California offers visitors and residents alike many opportunities to push their physical limits and enjoy the wonders of nature—from hiking and cycling to lake fishing and other diverse water sports. Zephyr Whitewater, an established local outfitter staffed by experts, provides unparalleled rafting experiences on the rivers of the Sierra Nevada, including the American, the Tuolumne, the Kings and the Merced. From half-day trips to three-day adventures that combine care-free camping with safe whitewater fun, Zephyr offers packages that appeal to first-timers as well as experienced whitewater rafters.


Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater Rafting


Luxury Vacations
Central California’s luxury resorts also have much to offer outdoor enthusiasts, particularly lake lovers in search of recreational sports as well as a bit of pampering. The Pines Resort on Bass Lake, located less than 15 miles from Yosemite, is renowned for its spectacular scenery, year-round recreational opportunities and fine cuisine. Guests of The Pines will find plenty to do, from boating, fishing and picnicking on beautiful Bass Lake to lounging by the resort’s swimming pool, luxuriating in its hot tubs, enjoying a relaxing body treatment at its spa and shopping the boutiques of Pines Village.


Pine Mountain Lake
Pine Mountain Lake


Vacation Homes
Visitors to California’s Sierra Nevada are sure to come back again and again—either to enjoy another outdoor vacation or settle down as permanent residents. Buyers looking for vacation homes, retirement homes or single-family dwellings will find premium real estate, including cabins, A-frames, townhomes, and lakefront houses, through Pine Mountain Lake Homes and Realty. Pine Mountain Lake Homes and Realty specializes in properties within beautiful Pine Mountain Lake, a gated community situated along its namesake. Boasting 210 acres of surface area and over six miles of shoreline, the lake is located just outside Groveland, approximately 25 miles from Yosemite. A microcosm of the outdoor life for which the Sierra Nevada is most loved, the Pine Mountain Lake community offers residents all manner of water sports, from fishing to skiing, as well as hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and golfing in a setting replete with gorgeous scenery and diverse wildlife.


  • Asfandyar
    Asfandyar Thursday, 08 December 2011

    Sierra Nevada Region is one of the most scenic places in the country. I would definitely like to try white water rafting here sometimes.

  • Guest
    Julia Tuesday, 27 March 2012

    Oh you will love white water rafting and this place is absolutely awesome. I will be returning to Sierra Nevada. The vacation homes are spectacular too!

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